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Transfer of Knowledge and Children's Agency: Reconstructing the Paradigm of Socialization

Marine Carrin (Editor) Harald Tambs-Lyche (Editor) Dominique Blanc (Editor)

As knowledge is transmitted to new generations it changes constantly, being reinterpreted and reinvented by children and youth. It can be studied only through its circulation and deployment, not as an object in itself. The need to know is universal, but knowledge is always framed by tenets particular to each culture, and it must be studied transculturally.

Transfer of Knowledge and Children's Agency: Reconstructing the Paradigm of Socialization is a transcultural study of knowledge transmission. The essays deal with a wide variety of socialization contexts ―schools and youth culture, apprenticeship, ideals of youth and childhood―from India, China, South-East Asia and Europe. They include examples from indigenous peoples, from particular occupational groups in ‘traditional’ societies as well as youth in ‘modern’ society. The knowledge transmitted spans from dance, painting or weaving to astrology, traditional medicine and business acumen, but these skills are everywhere framed by culturally specific conceptions of the person as differentiated by age, gender and ethnic identity―or indeed of the ageing process itself. Throughout the book, transmission of knowledge is shown to be a complex process where children and young people take an active part in reshaping and reformulating the cultural content of the society in which they live. Yet this agency of children and youth remains linked to what is handed down from their elders. The book should interest scholars in the fields of education, youth culture, and childhood as well as anthropologists and social scientists in general.

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About the author

Harald Tambs-Lyche

Harald Tambs-Lyche received his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen in 1972. After early work on Indian immigrants in Europe, he has worked on Saurashtra since 1973, and has published a volume on the emergence of its traditional society: Power, Profit and Poetry (Manohar, 1997); and edited a collection of articles on The Feminine Sacred in South Asia (Manohar, 1999). A study of Scandinavian missionaries among the Santals, in collaboration with Marine Carrin, is being prepared for publication. He is presently working on ethnic and religious revitalization in Karnataka, and is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne, Amiens, France.

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Title Transfer of Knowledge and Children's Agency: Reconstructing the Paradigm of Socialization
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.08.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789384082635
length viii+198p., Illustrations; 24cm.